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Cooking Vinyl Sign Marilyn Manson

· Global Record Deal For Controversial 50m Selling Artist

· Marilyn Manson to Launch Own Label – Hell, etc.

· In Joint Venture With Cooking Vinyl

8th November 2010, London:- Cooking Vinyl Records has signed the world’s most controversial artist, Marilyn Manson.

Having already sold over 50 million records worldwide, Cooking Vinyl overcame fierce competition from several labels in the US and UK, both major and independent, to release what will be Marilyn Manson’s eighth studio album.

The global deal will see the album issued via Marilyn Manson’s own label – Hell, etc. – in a joint venture between Cooking Vinyl, with the album slated for release in 2011.

Parting ways with Interscope Records, the new partnership with Cooking Vinyl gives Marilyn Manson an unprecedented degree of creative control. The new set up will see the artist take charge of delivering the completed, mastered album and Cooking Vinyl handling worldwide distribution, marketing and promotion.

Famed for his originality and style, not only in the studio and on stage but also in his elaborate video and thought-provoking film-making, the latest studio instalment will again pair up Manson and Twiggy Ramirez.

Manson had this to say: “We will always be our worst audience, until we stop being an audience and start being an artist. Any art is flesh and blood, no matter how you perform, decorate or display it.  But we all want the passionate horror of that blood. And blood is what I am here to bring.”

The deal is a landmark signing for Cooking Vinyl, and follows the company’s huge commercial success with The Prodigy, whose Invaders Must Die was the best selling independent release in the UK and Europe in 2009.

Cooking Vinyl founder Martin Goldschmidt added “We’re delighted to welcome Marilyn Manson to Cooking Vinyl. Often our “relaxed” approach to A&R brings out killer performances and albums from artists. I can’t wait to hear what Manson comes up with.  This is a landmark signing for us.  We shook up folk music in the late 80’s/90’s with Michelle Shocked, Cowboy Junkies and Billy Bragg, we have shaken up dance in the last couple of years with The Prodigy, Groove Armada and Underworld, and we are ready for a new adventure with Mr. Manson.”

Marilyn Manson has had astounding success across the globe with numerous sales awards, including three albums being certified platinum and three more certified gold in the USA, in addition to three top ten albums and two number-one albums (Mechanical Animals and The Golden Age of Grotesque).

Originally signed to Nothing Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records, they released the studio album Portrait of an American Family (1994), Smells Like Children (1995),Antichrist Superstar (1996), Mechanical Animals (1998), Holywood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000), The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003), Lest We Forget: Best Of (2004), Eat Me, Drink Me (2007) and The High End of Low (2009).

Lest We Forget: Best Of entered the top ten in the Billboard 200 and to date has sold over one million copies in the US alone.

More details will be revealed in due course.

About Cooking Vinyl Records

Cooking Vinyl has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s prime artist-focused independent labels, inspiring an enviable loyalty among its artist roster. It is also in the vanguard of music companies offering innovative services-only deals that claim no stake in artists’ copyrights.

Cooking Vinyl take full responsibility for the management of a project whether functioning as a label or in a services-only setting. Adding more than just marketing muscle, Cooking Vinyl devise and implement worldwide sales, marketing and distribution plans for their artists, working alongside booking agents and artist managers.

Artists signed to services deals with Cooking Vinyl include Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Underworld, Groove Armada, the Charlatans. Such is the loyalty and affection among artists for the label that the likes of Jackie Leven and Frank Black have returned close to 20 times to record fresh collections with them. Cooking Vinyl’s deal with Ingenious for The Prodigy created Europe and the UK’s biggest selling independent record in 2009.

The broader Cooking Vinyl Group comprises Cooking Vinyl Records, distributor and marketing services provider Essential Music & Marketing, and publishing company Cooking Vinyl Music.

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